DICK'S TIDBITS | Dec. 29
Indiana head coach Mike Davis is awaiting a ruling from the Big Ten conference regarding a potential suspension. The league originally suggested Davis sit out six games, but that is absurd and ridiculous to me.
From all indications, after talking to several writers who were at the press conference after the Kentucky-Indiana game (including Dick "Hoops" Weiss and Rick Bozich), Davis was contrite and apologetic for his actions. He admitted that he humiliated the school and his family and claimed he was sorry.
|Mike Davis and Indiana are on the verge of missing the NCAA Tournament.|
There was no physical contact with the official. Think about what happened when Penn State football coach Joe Paterno chased down an official and grabbed him by the shoulder after a loss to Iowa this season. Did he get a long suspension from the Big Ten?
I think Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany should remember the holiday spirit and give Davis some love. I think the Indiana coach should receive a one-game suspension, with a two-game penalty the absolute maximum.
Indiana may have been a bit shaken when it lost to Temple on Saturday. It's good to see Temple coach John Chaney healthy and back on the bench.
Unbeatens Having Tough Time
We're down to eight unbeatens left in Division I, and let me tell you, the 1976 Indiana team has nothing to worry about. That Hoosiers club was the last one to go through a season unbeaten, and nobody will accomplish that feat this season.
The competition is so keen, the parity is unbelievable and the 3-point shot is the great equalizer.
On Saturday, Georgetown fought hard but lost at Virginia. Illinois fell to a revamped Memphis team that has Chris Massie back in the lineup. St. Joseph's was surprised at Pacific.
There will be a few tests for the unbeatens coming up this week. Alabama plays at Utah Monday. Pittsburgh is at Georgia and Creighton visits Xavier on Tuesday.
Amaker Celebrating Now
After opening the season 0-6, Michigan coach Tommy Amaker was maligned.
The Wolverines have responded with five straight wins, including an upset victory at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. Beating UCLA had to be special for Michigan. The trio of LaVell Blanchard, Bernard Robinson Jr. and Daniel Horton combined for 60 points in the victory.
With San Francisco and IUPUI ahead at Ann Arbor, the Wolverines could enter Big Ten play with a winning record. The Wolverines' first two league games (Wisconsin and Penn State) are also at Ann Arbor, so Amaker's team could be building some momentum.
Pitino Busy At Work
Coach Rick Pitino had a lot more than just the Kentucky rivalry on his mind on Friday night. Yes, the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry is bitter and intense as Freedom Hall was rockin' and rollin' with over 20,000 fans.
Pitino, Louisville coaches and several players attended a high school basketball tournament that included James Lang of Birmingham, a potential Cardinals recruit. Pitino is always working hard to improve his program.
Big Loss For Tar Heels
North Carolina suffered a major blow when diaper dandy Sean May broke his foot during the Tar Heels' loss to Iona at the Holiday Festival. While Rashad McCants and Raymond Felton have received lots of publicity, it will be tougher to find inside help to replace May.
Byron Sanders, David Noel and Damion Grant will have to pick up the slack for May, who was the team's top rebounder and second-leading scorer. May will likely miss eight to 10 weeks.
I wish May nothing but the best in his attempts to make a speedy recovery.